Freshman Evan Dougherty laced an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the 11th to break a scoreless stalemate and send Duke past Rider, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. Duke improved to 7-1 with the win while Rider fell to 2-3.
It isn’t spring and it wasn’t a game, but Duke held its version of a spring football game Saturday morning.
The Blue Devils (25-3, 12-3) sit alone in second place in the ACC standings, the products of an eight-game winning streak they’ll carry into a league game with Syracuse today (7 p.m., ESPN).
Kaela Davis scored 24 points, Zaire O'Neil and Aaliyah Whiteside added 12 points apiece and Georgia Tech snapped a 37-game series losing streak to Duke, beating the No. 16 Blue Devils 71-62 on Thursday night.
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NCCU got on the board first with Eric Kimber scoring off a wild pitch in the first, but Duke came roaring back with a run in every subsequent inning to win 12-1.
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As much as Jahlil Okafor wanted to play for Duke on Saturday against Clemson, coach Mike Krzyzewski said it just didn’t make medical sense. But the Duke coach said the injury isn't particularly serious and hopes Okafor can return against Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
A tough game following an emotional win got tougher for No. 4 Duke before it even started on Saturday. All-American center Jahlil Okafor spent Saturday on the bench in street clothes with a boot protecting his injured foot. Instead of faltering, the Blue Devils produced a win that greatly pleased their Hall of Fame coach.
Duke says freshman center Jahlil Okafor will not play Saturday against Clemson due to an ankle injury. The Blue Devils and Tigers are scheduled to tip-off at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4:10 p.m.